The Thaw (TV series)

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The Thaw
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Genre Drama
Written by
Directed by Valery Todorovsky
Composer(s) Konstantin Meladze
Country of origin Russia
Original language(s) Russian
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 12
  • Valery Todorovsky
  • Maksim Koroptsov
  • Elena Kozhanova
Cinematography Ivan Gudkov
Fyodor Lyass
Production company(s) Marmot-Film
Original network Channel One Russia
Original release 2.12.2013 – 10.12.2013

The Thaw (Russian: Оттепель, translit. Ottepel) is a Russian television series which debuted in 2013. Valery Todorovsky debuted as a TV director with it. The series is a melodrama about life in the Soviet Union during the Khrushchev Thaw, specifically about film artists of the age. Relational is that Todorovsky's father worked on film in roughly this era. In the West the series has been compared to Mad Men in terms of tone and visuals, though the subject and plots are quite different.[1]


The series is set in 1961. Cameraman Viktor Khrustalyov is in a difficult situation; he is suspected of being involved in the death of his friend, talented screenwriter Kostya Parshin, who committed suicide during a drinking-bout. The authorities try to put Khrustalyov in prison by any means. Viktor needs to shoot the comedy "The Girl and the Brigadier" in order to get permission to make the film "Shards" after the wonderful scenario left from his deceased screenwriter friend. Young director Yegor Myachin wants to adapt this screenplay. Khrustalyov arranges him as a trainee to the venerable director Krivitsky for a comedy. In the same film act Khrustalev's ex-wife Inga and his young sweetheart Maryana, with whom Yegor Myachin is also in love.



  • 2014 - TEFI Award:[2][3]
    • Best TV film / TV series
    • TV producer of the season - Valery Todorovsky
    • Best actor of a television film / series - Mikhail Efremov
  • 2014 - Golden Eagle Award:[4][5]
    • Best TV series (more than 10 episodes)
    • Best male role on television - Evgeny Tsyganov (for the role of Viktor Khrustalyov)
    • Best female role on television - Victoria Isakova (for the role of Inga Khrustalyova)
  • 2015 - Award of the Government of the Russian Federation in the Field of Culture:[6]
    • For the creation of the television series "The Thaw" - Valery Todorovsky, Dmitry Konstantinov, Alyona Zvantsova, Victoria Isakova, Evgeny Tsyganov


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